Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How To Renew Your Passport in Malaysia

A few years back, applying for a new passport or even renewing passport can be troublesome and take up to a few hours or even days. However, with the latest upgrade in the system. applying or a new passport or renewing your old passport becomes a much easier task. However, you are still advised to arrive early to avoid unnecessary waiting. And remember to bring along a magazine or newspaper to kill time while waiting for your turn (depends on what time you arrive) and also for the passport processing (1 hour). 

New Passport Application Checklist (last updated 3rd March 2014):
2. I/C (Original and photocopy)
3. Birth Certificate (original and photocopy)
*All photocopies must be in A4 size.
4, RM200 for 5 years

Items you need to bring to RENEW your passport:
1. Your original I/C
2. Your old passport
3. RM200 for 5 years

*Senior citizens (60 years old & above), children below 12 years old and student below 21 years old with proof to study abroad on the day submission eligible for a half priced passport fee.

Lumut Immigration Office
Address:Jalan Kampong Dato' Sri Kamaruddin
32040 Setiawan
Telephone:05-688 1882
Fax:05-688 4925
Office Hours:Monday - Thursday : 7.30 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm
Friday : 7.30 am - 12.15 pm and 2.45 pm - 5.30 pm

Wait for your turn, and after scanning your thumbprints and signing the application form, you'll be required to take a passport photo on the spot. After that, make a payment of RM200 and you'll be presented with this receipt. 

Your passport will be ready for collection in an hour. Note that if you fail to collect your passport within 3 months, your application will be voided and your passport cancelled.

After that I went for a short stroll in the Ramadan Bazaar nearby.

Some weird looking jelly/porridge for RM2.50 each.

3 pieces of kuih (can mix and match) for RM1. Can't get this price anywhere else.

 Got myself a packet of carrot milk from this store. It was such a huge packet, and only RM2!

Didn't take many pictures cos my phone went out of battery. But overall it's a nice experience. :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Naruko Facial Mask Review

NARUKO Mandarin Orange & Pineapple Pore Refining Mask

I really enjoy this one. When put on the face, it has a fresh pineapple smell, which is very refreshing and nice. The downside is that there is no plastic together with the mask sheet, so you have to part it carefully to prevent tear(s). And the mask sheet is very thin, so handle with care.

NARUKO Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask EX

I personally think that this mask is very hydrating, and Naruko masks are very generous with the essence, I have excess of serum to be slathered on my neck and limbs. However, I prefer to use this mask at night, as if it were used in the day, my face would be too oily and I'd have to wash away the serum, which is a waste!

NARUKO Raw Job’s Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Mask

I don't like the smell of this one, but it works pretty well in hydrating the skin. I've read so many rave reviews online, and I agree that it's a good mask, but I really don't like the smell.

Naruko Q10 Age-Defying Brightening Mask

I quite like the scent of this one. I'm not sure but it smells like pineapple to me. Pretty hydrating mask.

Conclusion: Generally I don't observe any spectacular effects from these masks, only the hydration part seems to be useful. I think masks are basically for hydration only, regardless of the benefits advertised.

Repurchase? Yes if they are on sale. These masks sell at double the price compared to Taiwan. (I'm such a cheapskate haha)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kinohimitsu Detox Pad 7-Day Experiment

Kinohimitsu Hot Health Pad with F.I.R has gradual heating effects when use. It helps to relieve pain from physical strain and bruises. It stimulates the sensor and nerve and promotes blood flow. 
It is recommended for people who suffer from feeling coldness on their hands and feet, body numbness, muscle fatigue, stiff shoulders and knees.
foot bigHOT Health Pad contains international Patented warming Micro-Capsules with F.I.R (Far Infra-Red), activates blood circulation to help soothe muscle fatigue and pain, bruises and stiff shoulders, relieve cold feet and body numbness, revitalize the body and enable more effective functioning of all body parts.
My test results:

I can only afford to do this experiment for 7 days due to limited budget. It claims that the colour will turn lighter if you use it consistently. I did use these for 7 days straight, one pad each night alternatively on my feet, but the colour seems pretty much the same? Perhaps longer usage is required for it to show.

It doesn't actually bring about any extra health benefits, but I think it's really fun to actually see the pad turn brown every morning. There is a sense of satisfaction to see impurities oozing out from your feet (supposedly). I've read online that these actually turn brown due to heat/moisture, but I'm not prepared to experiment it using hot water, cos these are very expensive!

Repurchase? Maybe, if there's a sale or when I feel like it. But these pads are real expensive, cost around RM7/piece, so I might think twice before I get them.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hermo Haul

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I saw that Hermo was having it's 3rd anniversary sale, so I went a little crazy/overboard. Initially I only wanted to get the Aloe Vera Gel, but I ended up buying some other stuff as well, cos I wanted to test out their system of giving you RM100 rebate on purchases over RM150.

But it turns out Hermo is a tricky little fox, cos the RM100 is actually divided into various RM20 and RM30 discount vouchers that requires a minimum spend of at least RM120 to be used! 

So mad that I got tricked! :(

But anyways, hopefully the products I ordered are good. I've read some reviews online and it turns out these are all rated quite well by beauty bloggers.

On a side note, every new sign up is entitled to 2 free masks during this period! I'm not sure how long does this offer last, though. And they offer free shipping for purchase of 2 items and above. So I would advise you to buy 2 items at one time, unless you want to use the discount codes for a larger purchase. Leave a comment here if you want any of the codes above. I'd gladly give them to you for free.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lazada Haul

My latest haul from Lazada. At first I was quite worried, as Lazada doesn't have a measurement system akin to Zalora, neither does it have a clear description of the fabric material and fitting. As a result, the items can be a hit or miss. Thankfully, out of the 5 items I purchased, only 1 is a total miss, the others are wearable. 

I bought this frayed hem shorts in size 24 (same size as the dark blue shorts) but this one was too small. When I compared the measurements for both, they are obviously different even though both are same brand same size!


My review on Lazada Fashion (based on the items I purchased)
  1. Collection: 2 stars - Most of the clothes were horrendous. Only a few were pretty/decent. 
  2. Sizing system: 2 stars - No exact measurements provided. You can only follow the size chart or model height, which can be a hit or miss. 
  3. Description: 2 stars - No description provided on fabric material and size fit.
  4. Quality: 4 stars - Pretty decent quality
  5. Shipping: 5 stars - Only took 2 days to deliver the items 
  6. Customer service: 2 stars - I emailed them to ask about product sizing and only received a reply 3 days later. Even then, they did not give me an accurate answer. 

Overall: 2.7 stars

Lazada should take example from Zalora's secrets of successful online fashion marketing. Providing customers with lots of information on the items, giving accurate measurements and tips on sizes will go a long way. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review: Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel

Place and price: I got my tube from a Nature Republic store located somewhere in Feng Jia Night Market in Taichung, Taiwan. It cost me TWD 150, which was approximately RM18. This is retailing for RM29 in Malaysian stores. I wonder why in Taiwan it is so much cheaper. P/S: Take care to buy this product from the actual Nature Republic store only, cos many are selling fakes online. 

Duration: It lasted me for more than 3 months on daily usage. 

Pros: Very nice scent, gel-like, absorbs quickly into the skin, no residue left (unless you get in touch with water, whereby you will feel stickiness on your skin).

Cons: Not very moisturizing. If you have dry skin, I would recommend you to put this on after bath, then add another layer of moisturizing cream/lotion. Or else your skin is gonna be as dry as before after the gel is absorbed into your skin.

Repurchase: Likely, but I'll see if it's on sale. If not, I might just grab a substitute since there are so many Aloe Gel products out there right now. Might as well try a few more brands so that I can write product reviews for you guys!

Rating: 8/10

How to know if your tube is authentic: